A person familiar with the discussions told the Associated Press Monday that Sabres general manager Tim Murray is pursuing offers for star goalie Ryan Miller with the intention of dealing him by the trade deadline on March 5. Miller, 33, is in the final year of his contract and eligible to become an unrestricted free agent. In 11 seasons in Buffalo, Miller has set franchise records with 283 wins and 539 games played and won the Vezina Trophy in 2010 . . . Milan Hejduk, who played for 14 seasons with the Avalanche, announced his retirement. The 38-year-old hasn’t played this season and finished his career with 375 goals and 430 assists in 1,020 games . . . Lightning star Steven Stamkos is recovering from his broken right shin, but he’s not ready to return to the lineup. The center will be examined again when the Lightning return for a homestand that begins on March 6 . . . Predators goalie Pekka Rinne (hip injury) has been cleared by doctors to increase his physical activity, and Nashville could have him play some games soon with Milwaukee of the AHL . . . The Blue Jackets placed Fedor Tyutin on injured reserve after the defenseman hurt his ankle playing for Russia in the Olympics. He is expected to miss 2-3 weeks . . . The Czech Republic’s hockey federation said coach Alois Hadamczik resigned following the team’s poor performance at the Olympics in Sochi.
Win streak propels Florida to top spot
Florida, which has won 19 straight games, is taking its turn as the newest No. 1 in what coach Billy Donovan calls a revolving door atop the AP men’s basketball poll. The Gators are on top of the rankings for the first time since they repeated as national champions in 2007. Former No. 1 Syracuse (25-2) lost twice last week and dropped to fourth. Wichita State (29-0) and Arizona (25-2) both moved up one place to second and third. Kansas jumped three places to fifth . . . UConn continued its stay atop the AP women’s basketball poll for another week. The Huskies (28-0) have won 34 straight games dating to last season’s tournament run. Notre Dame, Louisville, South Carolina, and Stanford round out the top five . . . Duke sophomore guard Alexis Jones tore the anterior cruciate ligament in her left knee Sunday and will be out for the remainder of the season . . . ACC commissioner John Swofford said that Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim won’t be disciplined for arguing a charging call during the Orange’s 66-60 loss at Duke Saturday. Swofford said he agreed with Boeheim’s ejection and noted the charge was a ‘‘judgment call’’ by officials. Swofford also announced that the ACC football championship game is staying in Charlotte after reaching a six-year contract extension, keeping the game at Bank of America Stadium through 2019 . . . Florida State’s Jameis Winston accepted the Manning Award as the top quarterback in college football . . . Utah quarterback Travis Wilson will return for the 2014 season after being cleared to participate in spring ball, but he will be limited to non-contact drills. The team discovered Wilson had a pre-existing medical condition (damage to an intracranial artery) during a concussion diagnosis in mid-November. He passed for 16 touchdowns in 2013 . . . Former Texas All-American and NFL kicker and punter Russell Erxleben was sentenced Monday to more than seven years in federal prison for running an illegal investment scam that netted $2 million.
MCL sprain sidelines Wizards’ Nene
Washington Wizards forward Nene has a sprained MCL in his left knee and is expected to miss six weeks. Nene was injured in Sunday’s win at Cleveland. The loss of Nene, who averages 14.2 points and 5.8 rebounds per game, is a blow to Washington’s hopes of making the playoffs for the first time since 2008 . . . Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban praised NBA commissioner Adam Silver for his new policies regarding officiating since taking over Feb. 1 . . . Brian McBride and Kristine Lilly were elected to the US National Soccer Hall of Fame along with former men’s national team coach Bob Bradley. McBride is a veteran of three World Cups. Lilly made an international-record 352 appearances from 1987-2010 . . . US soccer forward Alex Morgan will miss the Algarve Cup next month because of an ankle injury . . . Barcelona paid $18.6 million to Spanish tax authorities to cover any potential irregularities in its signing of Neymar, while maintaining its innocence of fraud charges . . . Austrian ski jumper Thomas Morgenstern will skip the remaining 10 World Cup events this season. Morgenstern suffered skull and lung injuries in a Jan. 10 crash, but competed in the Olympics and won silver in the team event . . . Jamaican sprinter Veronica Campbell-Brown has been cleared to return to the track by the Court of Arbitration for Sport some 10 months after returning a positive test at an island meet . . . Gabe Grunewald was reinstated as the winner of the women’s 3,000 meters at the USA Indoor Track and Field Championships in Albuquerque after the withdrawal of an appeal of the race’s outcome.